St. Louis Jr. Blues Head Coach J.P. Beilsten knew they were in for a fight in their attempt to win back-to-back World Championships. "We knew that the Czech Republic was going to be an outstanding team, on top of the fact that they were playing at home." Beilsten ended the game with two assists and Shawn Gawrys finished the game with one assist as they dropped the game 3-2. In a game recap from USA Hockey:
PARDUBICE, Czech Republic – Itan Chavira (Upland, Calif.) scored twice and J.P. Beilsten (St. Louis, Mo.) had two assists, as the U.S. Inline National Team fell to the Czech Republic, 3-2, in the gold-medal game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship
Team USA captured the silver medal with a 5-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record, appearing in the championship game the last three seasons.
"We lost a tight game," said Rob Chornomud, head coach of the U.S. Inline National Team. "We were two undefeated teams coming in. I'm really proud of the way we battled to the end of the game.”
The Czech Republic jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first period. Chavira scored his first power-play goal to even the score early in the second period with help from Shawn Gawrys (St. Louis, Mo.) and Beilsten. The Czech Republic connected for a goal with the man advantage before taking a 3-1 lead at halftime.
Chavira scored his second power-play goal of the game in the third period but the U.S. wasn't able to complete the comeback. Team USA goalie Troy Redmann (Brea, Calif.) stopped all 19 shots in the last two periods, making 33 saves in total.
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